A: Unlike other countries, we have a school system for every state, commonwealth, and territory. So it is up to each not only to recognize the shifts, but also anticipate them, prepare for them, and execute policies to address them. Smart systems will do that. I gave a speech in Brazil recently in which I pointed out that American companies can no longer poach talent from other companies or from abroad. They must develop from within and in their own neighborhoods. Silicon Valley high-tech companies, for example, are reaching into high schools to tap talent.


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